Teams is a collaboration tool by Microsoft. It can be used for group chat, individual chat, file sharing, screen sharing and more. Since Teams is integrated with Microsoft 365, every Bend-La Pine Schools staff already has access to use it. If you’ve used services such as Slack or Google Hangouts, this is fairly similar.
You can access Microsoft Teams a few different ways.
- The Teams desktop app can be downloaded via Self Service on Macs or at https://teams.microsoft.com/download for Mac and Windows.
- Teams can be used in a web browser at https://teams.microsoft.com
- Teams can be downloaded on your Bend-La Pine Schools iPad using Self Service
It is up to you if and how you use Teams. Those of us who have been using it have found the chat feature helpful for the back and forth communication that takes place during a work day in the absence of our normal office and work environments. Do take note of the notification settings available in the desktop app as they can help identify when messages are waiting.
Your school’s IT tech can provide more information on how and why you might want to use Teams.